My Approach to Helping
My mindful, collaborative approach to psychotherapy allows for space to learn and grow while challenging the negative narratives we have been fed about ourselves and others. I will help you explore where your negative beliefs and narratives are coming from by using your present day struggles, such as anxiety, depression, anger, poor boundaries, and low self-esteem to connect with your wounded parts from the past as well as reprocess traumatic events. I work from a trauma informed, relationship focused, strength-based approach integrating EMDR, IFS, mindfulness, client collaboration, and skill building. We will collaborate on small weekly goals based on our session to help you continue the work done during our time together.
More Info About My Practice
My name is Danielle and I am a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. What does that mean? That means I am trained in working with mental health from a relationship perspective. As people, we have different relationships with the various aspects of our lives, such as- emotions, behaviors, other people, environments, and caregivers. I work towards helping you create more adaptive, supportive relationships through a strength based, client centered approach.
As a clinician, I am able to draw from my experiences as well as the experiences of those I have worked with to help support people at any stage of their journey. With that being said, I do not self-disclose unless I believe it will be helpful to the client. I value the safe, open space I create in my sessions and want to present as neutral as possible to allow clients to be able to open up about what is happening within them without the fear of judgement.
My experience comes from working in a variety of settings. My initial clinical work was in a clinic for children with special needs and developmental delays where I worked one on one with children and parents as well as family parent-child dyad work. I have worked individually with adolescents struggling with mental health issues as well as self-harm and substance abuse. I was a program coordinator and lead therapist at Las Encinas Hospital’s outpatient program running the College Student Track which focused on life transitions, anxiety, depression, substance abuse, bipolar disorder, and personality disorders. Additionally, I was the lead therapist for the Chemical Dependency outpatient program where I ran groups with adults struggling with substance abuse and mental health issues. In this role, I conducted couples counseling to support healthy communication, psychoeducation on addiction and mental health, and worked on assisting the couple in building a stronger relationship through compromise and understanding. I no longer do couples therapy but I am more than happy to help support you in creating healthy relationships with the people in your life.
As a clinician, I value connection, goodness of fit, and humor. We are people and we behave as such. I am very open to feedback as I believe it is important for growth, so please do not hesitate to reach out about concerns. Additionally, I know that not everyone works for everyone. Please feel free reach out about a 15 minute consult to see if we are the right fit! I look forward to supporting you in creating the life you want to lead through collaboration, exploration, and skill building.